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Lucidity Festival 2016: Come to the Crossroads near Santa Barbara April 4-10

March 22, 2016



“Dreams are private myths, myths are public dreams”
Joseph Campbell

LET IT BE KNOWN! Ticket Prices for the 2016 Lucidity Festival Crossroads go up Tuesday March 22 at Midnight.

Not only that, but tickets are 75% sold out and they will sell out SOON! Lucidity has sold out every year and this year will be no different. As the deadline for the ticket price increase nears, the pace of sales is picking up. (Remember my name and you’ll get a good seat–and a discounted one too!) BUY TICKETS HERE.



What’s Lucidity you ask? Why would you want to go? Is it like Burning Man or what? Or maybe you’re still on the fence?

Now in its fifth year, Lucidity is a festival held at the Live Oak Campground in the green oak dotted hills behind Santa Barbara.

Unlike other music festivals, Lucidity offers a  personal and collective transformation that examines the challenges we face as a people and a planet so that we may collectively arrive at some “Soulutions”–

From the poster above, you’d think Lucidity is just about music– and you’d probably guess it was all about EDM (electronic dance music).

But you’d be wrong.

According to Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, “When members of a society wish to secure that society’s rich heritage, they cherish their arts and respect their artists. The esteem with which we regard the multiple cultures offered in our country enhances our possibilities for healthy survival and continued social development.”

From my experience there in 2014 (read more here) and from talking with friends who have been along for the ride from day 1, Lucidity is really about commUNITY, about meeting like-minded people and making change for the better in our world through workshops, conversations, and during build week, 3-day intensives resulting in Certifications of Completion in:

Making the world a better place by playing, learning, eating, conversing, and yes dancing together. And that is indeed a lot like Burning Man.


But no Lucidity is not Burning Man or even much like Burning Man, even though, like Burning Man, each year has a different theme, lots of art, music, workshops, and cool people. Unlike Burning Man, people aren’t running around naked or marginally dressed, and a lot of other differences, too, namely, you can easily camp with your car and you MUST bring EVERYTHING you need except ice and coffee out to the desert while Lucidity has vendors for everything you’d need — and you can even buy a meal pass and leave the cooking entirely to someone else!

Lucidity describes itself as “an open-source transformational arts and music festival. We call it open-source because we co-create this festival experience with YOU! We invite you to come play with us, get involved with one of our seven themed villages, call together your star family, bring art, lead a workshop, spark a spontaneous flash mob, embody a character from your dreams, be silly and wild and free!”

The name “Lucidity” comes from the idea that “when we become lucid in our dreams, we realize ourselves as infinite potential, we let go of fear, and we are free to create that which we want to see in the world. Bring those visions, those possibilities, and that delicious conscious energy with you to Lucidity and wake up in the dream.”


Lucidity’s Core Values are:

  • Participation and Immersion in the Artistic Process
  • Personal Growth and Global Healing
  • Awake and Aware Consciousness
  • Environmental and Social Responsibility
  • Family Fun and Creative Play
  • Communal Reciprocity
  • Transparency

Lucidity expresses these Core Values throughout the Festival, including this MAPDANA, a bandana with a map on it to guide us around the Live Oak Festival site:


Practice these core values in one of the seven archetypal themed villages; each village exemplifies the intention of bringing you into greater understanding of yourself through archetype identification and balance.

So which village should you join?

The Lovers Nest represents the Lover archetype, hosts a world-class cuddle-puddle, and initiates you to explore your inner and outer loving self.

The Trickster’s Playground embodies the Fool or Jester energy.

The Warriors Way expresses the Warrior spirit and showcases Flow and Movement arts including Fire dancing, Glow spinning, Qi-gong, Tai-chi, kung-fu, practice weapon sparring, and more.

The Healing Sanctuary personifies the Mystic/Sage energy and hosts a fee and free healing space as well as spiritual and healing workshops.


The Family Garden  embodies Mother, Father, and Child energies and serves as a home to eco-conscious and permaculture workshops and seminars. This is where I will be teaching a “magical Mouthwash” workshop on Friday at 9am! And I’ll be camping nearby in our VW van from Thursday-Monday.

The Nomad’s Nook symbolizes the Loner/Rebel energy, harnesses the collective of underground crews, and houses the Nomad Stage which showcases up and coming, deep 4/4 house and techno along with forward thinking future bass and 808, footwork and trap styles.

The Goddess Grove provides a safe container for Goddess energy and offers contact with the divine feminine in all her dark and light aspects through art and workshops.

Within each village, you’ll find performance, workshop, and chill spaces open to everyone from every village. Classes range from hands-on crafts to lessons in permaculture to philosophy to lucid dreaming: you name it, it is likely that Lucidity offers it.

Read more about the workshops here.

Of course there will be the music, including this classically trained pianist:

If you prefer something more traditional instruments and guitar jams, you will love Keller Williams:

And for those who love deep house, DJ Pumpkin will hit your sweet spot:


So hopefully I’ve convinced you to find out more about Lucidity — before it sells out! Subscribe to find out more as I add more blog posts about the work we are doing to prepare for the festival! Here are photos from 2014 art workshops–which you can join too. And remember, Art Predator sent you! BUY TICKETS HERE.


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